Barcelona have finally let up on their chase for Neymar claiming his price tag to be too high for them.
Eric Abidal admitted the Brazilian is currently out of their reach despite being heavily linked with a Camp Nou return.
Neymar moved to Paris Saint-Germain in June 2017 for a record €222m. He grew frustrated in the French capital after failing to make a run for the Champions League and even submitted a transfer request last summer. A move back to his former club never materialised and he is stuck playing out his five-year contract with PSG.
Abidal told El Mundo Deportivo, “It depends on planning, passports and many things. The important thing for me is the sporting aspect, trying to have a stronger team to reach our goals as a club.
“But having talented players like Lautaro, Neymar or others would always be good for the club. I don’t see it as impossible. We will try to work for that.”
A report however, does claim that Neymar will be allowed to leave PSG after this season for €170m.
“It gives you a price, but the price would be the same for all clubs. not just Barca,” added Abidal, whose public exchange of views with Lionel Messi over Ernesto Valverde’s exit means he may not be in the job long enough to oversee summer recruitment.
“The decision is always that of the player. If we can do that signing it would be good but we’re always thinking that Barca has the philosophy of seeing what happens in the B team and youth teams. We always take into account what is already here when we do our planning.”